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Hi

We have Windows 2008 servers deployed in our environment. The VM template we use is 40GB C: drive and a 100 GB D: drive.

One point I am not sure on is what size the Page File should be in a VM? The servers have 4GB RAM....previously the thinking was 1.5 x RAM, but how does this work with VM's and where should this be located? Is it beneficial to split the Page file? Or better to keep on the same drive?

Does the fact that the server is virtual change any recommendations?
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The Pagefile should be the same size as you would create it for a Physical machine, there is no difference between a physical and virtual, as far as paging file.

1.5x memory is a good starter.

Whether you keep on the same drive as OS or different drive, depends on your datastore layout, do you have a seperate datastore on seperate set of spindles (disks) e.g. SSD?

if not there is no much benefit of moving it.

a very good article on sizing your pagefile, scientifically!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2008/11/17/3155406.aspx

see this article

http://lifehacker.com/5426041/understanding-the-windows-pagefile-and-why-you-shouldnt-disable-it
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Agree.. with regards to Windows treat the vm just like you would a physical.  depending on the role this VM will play will determine what drive/volume you place the page file on.
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Thanks Ray, that was a great link you sent.

One question about measuring the size of Page file needed - the article recommends measure the Peak Commit and basing the PF value from that. Do we already need a PF in place to measure this value? That is, if we had 4 GB RAM and 1 GB Page File, the Limit would be 5 GB. Surely the Peak Commit could only match the Commit Limit? So we'd actually need a very large PF to measure the max PF size we need?

Hope that makes sense!
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I don't know who Ray is!

if you have a 4GB RAM paging file, 1.5x should be suffucient, or let the System Manage it!
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>>>if you have a 4GB RAM paging file, 1.5x should be suffucient, or let the System Manage it!

Agreed. Let the system manage it. Is it a Virtual Machine? If yes, assign more RAM per your requirement and then increase the page file size as well.

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Sorry for calling you Ray :)

I think ideally we'd just want to confirm that 1.5 x RAM was indeed the size of PF we needed, not 2 x RAM or anything...in which case, would it not be a good idea to measure the Peak Commit to find out how much the app needed? We could then add more RAM if we needed too?
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if you want to measure it scientifically, but system managed settings will adjust for you automatically.

1.5x is a good guide, when we had to manually set pagefiles, now we let Windows manage it, because it can then grow dynamically when required, rather than fix.
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